For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Heather Weishaar, IPRA
Tel: 708-588-2282
Email: [email protected]

Illinois Residents are Invited to Discover Everything Parks & Recreation Has to Offer

La Grange – Summer is here, which means it’s time to get out and discover the great things happening at your local parks and recreation agency. This July, explore the “undiscovered” roles of local parks and recreation with Illinois park and recreation agencies as they celebrate Park and Recreation Month, A Lifetime of Discovery. A variety of fun activities are planned for residents of all ages and abilities state-wide.            

Park and Recreation Month, an initiative of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), invites you to explore A Lifetime of Discovery at your local parks and recreation agency, including: playgrounds, recreation centers, sports leagues, and summer camps. During Park and Recreation Month, discover all the ways parks and recreation can improve quality of life, like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming; senior programs; innovative health and wellness opportunities; community celebrations; outdoor education; and more.

“The Illinois Park & Recreation Association (IPRA) is thrilled to once again celebrate park and recreation month this July. It’s a great reminder for everyone in Illinois about the opportunity to get out and enjoy our parks, swim in a local pool, visit a water park, attend a community festival, send kids to camp, or work out at the local park and recreation facility gym. Parks and recreation bring a great value for all of us in our state and are a great way to add a connection to nature, fitness, and family time to our busy summer schedules.”-Debbie Trueblood, CAE, IPRA Executive Director.

We encourage everyone to get out and experience the benefits of their local parks and recreation this July. Here’s how:   

  • What’s your outlet? Visit Unplug Illinois ( and learn about the environmental sustainability, wellness, and the economic impact parks and recreation agencies have on the communities they serve.

  • Use the hashtag #whatsyouroutlet @unplugillinois and let us know how you recreate!

To learn more about Park and Recreation Month, visit  

About the National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social equity. Through its network of 60,000 recreation and park professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit

About the Illinois Park and Recreation Association

Established in 1944, the Illinois Park and Recreation Association’s mission is to provide and promote exceptional standards of education, networking, and resources for all professionals in the Illinois park, recreation, and conservation communities. For more information about IPRA, its board and mission, please call us or visit the IPRA website: